Recently, the official Activision Twitter page posted a Crash Bandicoot PS4 release date announcement. The announcement has been confirmed for tomorrow, February 16. Fans have been waiting for the remastered game’s release date since E3 2016. Here’s what we know about the Crash Bandicoot reveal tomorrow.
Release Date Tease
In the Actvision Twitter page, the Crash is Back post shows a short video with the titular character and six boxes above him. Potentially, these boxes may hold clues about the game’s release. We’ll just have to wait for one day until Activision reveals the Crash Bandicoot PS4 release date.
Waiting Since E3 2016
Last June 2016, a Crash Bandicoot remaster collection was confirmed for the PS4. The remaster is called Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and it will cover Crash Bandicoot 1, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped which are all PlayStation 1 entries. The remasters have been made “from the ground up” which means that Crash Bandicoot PS4 releases will have different graphics from the PlayStation 1 version.
No Naughty Dog
Since Activision owns the series, the original developers, Naughty Dog, won’t be working on this title. Historically, all the three Crash Bandicoot games were originally made by Naughty Dog. We hope that Activision either nails the feel of the older games or makes a good recreation of the older titles. Thankfully, while the gameplay of the remaster was remade from scratch, the developers said they are ‘using the original level geometry of Naughty Dog as a guide’
Additionally, the Crash Bandicoot rights has been resold to various video game developers for at least seven times. Similar to Nintendo’s Mario series, the Crash Bandicoot franchise also has titles outside the action-adventure platformer genre. The current developer studio for the Crash Bandicoot remasters, Vicarious Visions, has made Crash Bandicoot games from the Game Boy Advance and even Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. Vicarious Visions definitely has plenty of experience in making Crash Bandicoot games throughout the years, but we’ll see if they’ll do justice to the Naughty Dog entries on the PlayStation 4.
Fans seem to be keen on giving suggestions for improving the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane trilogy. In cocobandicoot’s thread on the Crash Bandicoot subreddit, quality of life upgrades to boss fight reworks were suggested. Fans also suggested a New Game+ that provides a new challenging experience for each of the remastered Crash Bandicoot games. We’ll have to wait and see if Activision and Vicarious Visions will consider including any of these suggested features and content in the upcoming Crash Bandicoot entry. For now, we’ll have to wait for Activision’s Crash Bandicoot PS4 release date first to see if there’s enough time to implement these features.